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Edward Abbey quotes

The missionaries go forth to Christianize the savages - as if the savages weren't dangerous enough already.

A drink a day keeps the shrink away.

Love implies anger. The man who is angered by nothing cares about nothing.

If the end does not justify the means - what can?

For myself I hold no preferences among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous. Bricks to all greenhouses! Black thumb and cutworm to the potted plant!

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.

A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.

Anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others.

When a man's best friend is his dog, that dog has a problem.

There is science, logic, reason; there is thought verified by experience. And then there is California.

Say what you like about my bloody murderous government,' I says, 'but don't insult me poor bleedin' country.

Belief in the supernatural reflects a failure of the imagination.

Our culture runs on coffee and gasoline, the first often tasting like the second.

Climbing K2 or floating the Grand Canyon in an inner tube; there are some things one would rather have done than do.

Society is like a stew. If you don't stir it up every once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top.

Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.

Power is always dangerous. Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best.

One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bona fide stupidity, there ain't nothin' can beat teamwork.

Abolition of a woman's right to abortion, when and if she wants it, amounts to compulsory maternity: a form of rape by the State.

Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.